First-timers on Hall bal­lot in­clude Mad­dux, Glavine

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

NEW YORK | Four-time Cy Young Award win­ner Greg Mad­dux, two-time win­ner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 new­com­ers on this year’s Hall of Fame bal­lot, join­ing steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Cle­mens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gon­za­lez also are among the play­ers el­i­gi­ble to be voted on for the first time by the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica.

The 36-player bal­lot will in­clude Ar­mando Ben­itez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sex­son, J.T. Snow and Mike Tim­lin, the Hall said Tues­day.

Vot­ers are the ap­prox­i­mately 600 writ­ers who have been mem­bers of the BBWAA for 10 con­sec­u­tive years at any point. Bal­lots are due by Dec. 31, and re­sults will be an­nounced Jan. 8.

Play­ers elected along with choices an­nounced Dec. 9 by the ex­pan­sion era com­mit­tee (1973 and later) will be in­ducted July 27 at Coop­er­stown. Among those on the com­mit­tee bal­lot are re­tired man­agers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre; late Yan­kees owner Ge­orge Stein­bren­ner; and late play­ers’ union head Marvin Miller.

Last year, the BBWAA failed for the first time since 1996 to pro­duce any in­ductees. Craig Big­gio came clos­est to re­ceiv­ing the nec­es­sary 75 per­cent, fall­ing 39 shy with 388 (68.2 per­cent).

Jack Morris, who will be on the bal­lot for the fi­nal time this year, was se­cond with 67.7 per­cent, fol­lowed by Jeff Bag­well (59.6), Mike Pi­azza (57.8), Tim Raines (52.2), Lee Smith (47.8) and Curt Schilling (38.8).

Mak­ing their first ap­pear­ances on the bal­lot, Cle­mens was at 37.6 per­cent, Bonds at 36.2 and Sosa at 12.5. McGwire re­ceived 16.9 per­cent on his sev­enth try.

Play­ers re­main on the bal­lot if they re­ceive at least 5 per­cent sup­port and can stay in the vot­ing for up to 15 years.

Other re­turnees in­clude Don Mat­tingly, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Rafael Palmeiro, Alan Tram­mell and Larry Walker.

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